• Physical evidence is the silent witness in criminal cases which is why it should not be contaminated and why the chain of custody is vital. Read our article published from p20 in Servamus: August 2021 to learn more about evidence and the story it tells.

  • The reconstruction of a crime scene is a vital step to give the court an idea of what happened at a crime scene. Our article published from p34 in Servamus: August 2021 explains what the process entails.

  • Various role-players from within the SAPS can help to provide specialised information about the scene, the victim and the suspect at a crime scene. Our article published from p23 in Servamus: August 2021 highlights these role-players.

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Losing Louis has been very difficult for both myself, my sons, Jordan aged 14 and Jared aged 12. Louis contracted Covid-19 at the beginning of December 2020, and became too weak to fight anymore.

I had him admitted to Life St Dominic’s Hospital on Friday, 18 December 2020, and he passed away on Monday, 21 December 2020 at 00:22.

Due to the strict lockdown regulations, we were not allowed to see him in hospital, making Friday the last day when we said “goodbye” to him as he left in the ambulance not knowing we would never see him again.

There were no last hugs or butterfly kisses goodbye ...

My son, Jordan turned 14 two days after his dad passed away, and we were all still in isolation. Both me and my youngest son, Jared, tested positive for COVID-19.

This has been the worst time of our lives.

Had it not been for my faith in Jesus, I don’t know where we would be today.

W/O Louis Philippus Fourie of Cambridge SAPS, East London, just missed out on 30 years of service with the SAPS and enjoyed every person he came into contact with.

He would try and help whoever in need.

I salute you my darling husband and loving dada of Jordi and Jared.

Until we meet again in eternity with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, we will treasure our memories with you for the rest of our lives.

Carol Fourie
East London

[Mrs Fourie, there are no words that will ever be adequate to comfort you and your children as well as the families of the more than 500 police members who had succumbed to COVID-19.

I wish Servamus was in a position to acknowledge each one of our police members by name, but sadly, a comprehensive name list is not yet available. All we can say is that we honour the sacrifices you have made and express our deepest condolences to each of your loved ones. #RIP. Ed.]

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Servamus - August 2021

Television series have played a significant role in creating public interest about forensic science and the investigation of crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Despite Hollywood’s portrayal in numerous television programmes, crime scene investigation is a difficult and time-consuming task that cannot be completed in a couple of minutes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Fire and water - two elements of nature that result in opposite reactions: when one stares at a firepit or a bonfire and listens to the sound of water such as a waterfall or waves breaking, it typically makes one calm and relaxed.
By Annalise Kempen
Every crime scene tells a story which is why it is of utmost importance that proper crime scene management is implemented to prevent the destruction of any evidence that might be found at a scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2021

In two recent, different and unrelated case law, namely -
Read More - Minister of Transport v Brackenfell Trailer Hire (Pty) Ltd and Other 2021 (1) SACR 463 (SCA)
Role-players in this matter are: National Minister of Transport = the appellant;
Read More - S v Gabani 2021 (1) SACR 562 (ECB)
This Gabani case took place between the Mdantsane Magistrates’ Court and the High Court in Bhisho in the Eastern Cape.

Letters - August 2021

Dudley Maharaj was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1936 and recently turned 85 years of age.
NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
August Magazine Cover

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Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.